ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
Beyond all the fireworks, barbeques, and hotdog-eating contests, the Fourth of July is a day for declarations of independence. And that's the theme today for our series, Three Books. These reading recommendations come from writer, Will Layman.
M: Independence, however, is never easy. The characters in these three books fly free of convention and so does the wild language. I can't think of a better time to enjoy some good, old-fashioned American rebellion than the Fourth of July.
SIEGEL: Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician in the Washington, DC area. His Fourth of July recommendations are Joey Goebel's "Commonwealth," Tristan Egolf's "Lord of the Barnyard," and "Vineland" by Thomas Pynchon. You can find more suggestions from our series Three Books at npr.org.
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